Fret not thyself – Part 2
Jesus and His disciples were often overwhelmed by the people around them. They were desperate for a miracle, for a touch, for deliverance. They kept coming and coming and coming so much so that Jesus and His disciples did not even have time to eat. In the midst of all the activity, Jesus called a time-out and took the disciples to a quiet place to get some rest. Note that the purpose was rest. We tend to spiritualize everything and forget that God is practical as well.
“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
We all need periods of rest and quietness. It helps us to recharge our batteries, calm our minds and refresh our souls. It is a powerful antidote to stress and fretfulness. And it helps us better to stay close to God.
We have to make the effort to remain calm and free of fretfulness. Notice that Psalm 37:8 says, “fret not thyself.” In other words, don’t allow yourself to be stressed out and fretful. Trust God, commit everything to Him and allow yourself to rest on His promises.
Just as the spirit needs to be fed, so the soul and body needs to be rested and revived. One wonderful way to do this is to connect with God’s creation – listen to nature’s pulsating rhythms, smell the roses, watch a butterfly flirt among the flowers, listen to the lark, catch the rustle of the wind among the leaves, behold the sunset, count the stars. God made each of these for our pleasure and enjoyment; we can feel His touch there, sense His peace in them. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).
There is something powerful and restorative about seeking God in His creation. It’s another of His free gifts that we have ignored while rushing after the plastic entertainment that the world offers. Nature is God’s spa for the soul. Try it; you’ll be amazed at the impact it will have on you.